Pale Shines At Pershing Middle School Benefit

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Monday night, Pale, the Classix and the Pershing Middle School band, which lost all of its band equipment in a recent bus fire, were scheduled to perform in the House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. Although the students never showed, the gig was still a success. The show was originally planned to begin at 6 p.m., but it was pushed back at the last minute to 7 p.m. Since it was for a good cause, Aftermath didn't let it sour our mood. Pale, a Houston-based band that moved to Los Angeles and back in the last year, may have secured a spot on the next Twilight soundtrack, or so we heard. While Aftermath may not be the biggest Stephenie Meyer fan, we realize that landing a spot on a wildly popular series' soundtrack could be a big opportunity for an independent artist. "It's between us and Radiohead," Pale's vocalist and rhythm guitarist Calvin Stanley said. "But it's looking good." Stanley told us that PaLE almost made it onto the last Twilight soundtrack and that within the next ten days, the band will know for sure whether it has made the final cut for Eclipse. From what we saw and heard, we sure hope so. "We know what it's like to lose an instrument... or two," Stanley said from the stage. "This is for the kids."

A few songs in, the band was handed a round of shots from an anonymous onlooker. Stanley and his crew laughed.

"This is for the kids, too," he said, gulping down the drink and chasing it with a swig of beer. "We've been called an anomaly in this town, but whatever. It's our town."

PaLE then proceeded to play a melody-driven, alternative-rock set full of sentiment. Although their music may not be Aftermath's preferred genre, by the end of the show, we were hoping they had CDs for sale.

At 8:10 p.m., all of 37 people (including Rocks Off and the venue's staff) were inside the Peacock Room. A dozen or so people meandered outside.

"We wish we could have promoted this more to help the kids," bassist Stephen Wesson said. "But hey, anything and everything helps. We're just happy to be here."

After their set, Pale showed a recently recorded music video that portrayed the band in a more Blue October-ish light than we first recognized, but the quality (both of the video and the music) was top-notch.

Pale is planning to play a show at Warehouse Live by the end of the month, the details of which will be on the band's Web site soon.

Bill Tater, marketing director at 107.5 The Eagle, hoped the event would hype the Pershing jazz band's performance.

"100 percent of the proceeds go to [Pershing]," Tatar said. "House of Blues has been great, and the bands have been great, because they are donating their time."

The charity's turnout wasn't all that impressive, but as Tatar told us, the point of the concert was to gain attention and keep the public aware of Pershing's dire straits.

"Their concert is tomorrow night, and we wanted to do it before then," Tatar said of the event, which was put together the Monday after the incident. The idea, he told us, was to get people to show up at Pershing.

One Eagle staff member noted that most of the people inside were either friends of the bands or knew someone who helped put the charity together. The woman in charge of the door couldn't tell us how much had been raised, but the turnout wasn't too impressive.

The Classix hit the stage a little after 9 p.m. and began their set with The Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music," and the rest of the songs followed suit. The people who were still there talked amongst themselves, tapped their feet to the old-school beats and Rocks Off quietly slipped out the door.

Send Pershing donations to Pershing PTO, Attn: Nancy Loncarich (President), 3838 Bluebonnet Blvd., Houston, TX 77025. Please make any checks payable to Pershing PTO.

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